With all apologies due to Leonard Cohen, I would like to take this opportunity to assert that everybody knows what they need to know in order to lose weight. Further, we all possess the tools needed in order to have a successful life! Sometimes accessing these tools is difficult, and misinformation is fed to us in order to sell products and distract us from our own wellness.
I came to these realizations about "everybody" because I eventually came to understand them about myself. Not being a super-hero or even a super villain (no matter what my daughter's friends say), I know that I can't be the only person with these powers.
We know that a healthy relationship with food requires that web treat it as fuel and not entertainment. We all know that what we absorb into our body becomes our body. We all know that our bodies need healthy, nutritious fuel and that garbage in makes us feel like garbage. We all know that our bodies were developed/created/designed/evolved to be used and that if we don't exercise the body it can not effectively support that use.
We all know to eat when we're hungry and stop when we're satisfied. We all know that water is a necessity whether or not we enjoy drinking it. We all know that a junk food binge will not solve our problems. We all know that are internal organs are meant to work together in harmony and not to be "stapled," "sleeved," or otherwise surgically restricted. We all know that diets don't work long-term and are not sustainable. We all know, at some level, that our own choices have led us to our current health and wellness.
At least I know these things. Doesn't everyone?
Why do we continually make these poor choices? How do we put all of this knowledge into action? Why doesn't it come naturally to us? This is what I am working on with my health coach and my counselor.
Obesity is at a epidemic level in America. Some people believe obesity is a disease. Some think it is a choice. I have come to believe it is a symptom of individual and often underlying emotional problems that have lead us to indulge in poor habits. In my case it is.
What do you think?